In an April 26, 2019 sermon in Birjand, Iran, Mohammad Baqer Ebadi congratulated IRGC Major-General Hossein Salami on his recent appointment as commander of the IRGC. Ebadi quoted a statement by Salami in which he had said that the Israelis will have nowhere to run because they are surrounded by Muslims and that Netanyahu should learn how to swim because that's the only way he would be able to escape. Ebadi added: "I hope Mr. Netanyahu learns quickly how to swim, because Salami has finally arrived… The day is drawing near." Ebadi also said: "According to some traditions, the wounded Zionists will step over their dead while trying to escape, but they will be killed." The sermon aired on Khorasan Jonoobi TV (Iran).
Mohammad Baqer Ebadi: There is a new commander for the IRGC – Gen. [Hossein] Salami. We wish him success. General Salami said something once – he made a brief remark that still bothers the Zionists. In one speech, he said: "The Israelis have nowhere to run. In the north, they have Hizbullah. In another part, they have the Hamas. On this side, they have Syria, and all around there are Muslim peoples, even though some of the governments have sold themselves out." He said: "Netanyahu should start learning how to swim in the Mediterranean Sea." He meant that when Netanyahu wants to flee, this will be his only way to escape. This is why he should learn how to swim. I hope Mr. Netanyahu learns quickly how to swim, because Salami has finally arrived. He is the commander of the army of Islam. If Netanyahu has not yet learned how to swim, he should do it before it's too late because, Allah willing, the day is drawing near. According to some traditions, the wounded Zionists will step over their dead while trying to escape, but they will be killed.